The Faint are back this weekend (and forever?); remembering Javier tonight; House of Loom turns 1 Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:50 pm August 17, 2012
The Faint are back.

The Faint are back.

by Tim McMahan,

FYI, The Faint are back.

The band let it slip this past April that it was reforming after announcing last September that it was on hiatus, partially due to Joel Petersen’s move to the West Coast. The Reader‘s Chris Aponick caught up with the band about what we’ll see on stage this weekend. Needless to say, Joel won’t be there.

From the story:

The band and Petersen are working toward a formal, legal agreement ending his involvement in the Faint and letting the other four members continue the band without any lingering hang-ups. “He doesn’t want to be in the band and he doesn’t live in the state. We want to do the band, so there’s really not much to talk about,” (frontman Todd) Fink says.

But the most interesting quote in Chris’ story:

“We’re mostly just a band and we’re going to make some stuff,” Fink says. “We feel like we’re in a good place. We have new ideas and I feel like they fit into what we think the Faint is.”

It’s been just over four years (Aug. 5, 2008, to be exact) since Fasciinatiion was released on The Faint’s blank.wav label. It’s high time we got some new material, gentlemen, though the crowd at Saturday’s and Sunday’s long sold-out shows at The Slowdown would be just as content to hear the hits once again. Like any good music, The Faint’s songs are somewhat timeless; but they’ve aged well especially in an era that values electronic dance music more than ever.

Openers for Saturday night’s Faint show are Capgun Coup and Touch People (Darren Keen, ex-The Show Is the Rainbow). Opening Sunday’s Faint show is Icky Blossoms, who has gained a reputation for creating a dance vibe similar to The Faint’s, and the always amazing Solid Goldberg. Both start at 9. Get there early. And like I said, both have been sold out for weeks.

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The Faint shows aren’t the only thing going on this weekend.

Tonight friends of Javier Ochoa remember the local legend in song. A former member of The Get, Blah Buddha and Goodbye, Sunday, the 43-year-old drummer was known more recently for his work in Led Zeppelin tribute band The Song Remains the Same. Javier passed away in June. Performing tonight are Never Trust The Living, Diana And The Maries, The Get / Ground Tyrants, Janglepop, The Filter Kings, Song Remains The Same and Secret Weapon. The benefit concert starts at 8 p.m. $7.

Also tonight in Benson, Secret Cities and I Am the Navigator play at The Sydney. The show is free and starts at 10.

Saturday night House of Loom House celebrates its 1-year Anniversary with a party featuring Philly/NYC DJ Rich Medina. $5, 9 p.m. Details at their Facebook invite. (RSVP to for FREE entry before 10:30 p.m.).

Also Saturday night John Klemmensen and the Party play at The Barley Street Tavern with Marmalakes (Austin, TX) and Travelling Mercies. $5, 9 p.m.

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